Saturday, February 28, 2009

Jawbreaker - Rarities 1989-1996



Jawbreaker. My favorite band that formed within the past 20 years. I saw them play in the cramped, hot basement of ABC No Rio in NYC sometime in the early '90s, and literally had goosebumps the entire time. It was a religious experience. I had the song Do You Still Hate Me stuck in my head for weeks after only hearing it that one time (the album hadn't been released yet). That's truly a testament to great songwriting.

The first half of this collection is comprised of 1989 demo tracks. The demos (referred to as Demo #1 and Demo #2) are pretty accessible on the web, but in this collection there are 2 tracks, If I Could and Better Off, that are omitted from all copies i've seen. There is one more rare demo track (omitted from Demo #1) called Good 45, which unfortunately i couldn't locate a decent sounding rip of. I decided not to include certain tracks from Demo #2 (Gutless, Fantastic Planet, and With or Without U2), because those exact versions were released on various comps and splits, including the Etc. CD put out by Blackball. The second half of the collection is all various live songs recorded between 1990-1996. All of them are live versions of unreleased songs except for Eye-5, which i included because it's an incredible version of my all time favorite Jawbreaker song. Chasing the Wild Goose was originally written by Bad Religion, and Just What I Needed was originally written by the Cars. Thanks to Imagnry War and Smegma for their help with this. Enjoy!


Jawbreaker Collection


14 comments:

  1. thx dude.That band is just awesome and sure i will have a great pleasure in listening to them again......Cheers
    Great work you're doing here.
    I will link your blog to mine soon
    If you wish to have a look on mine heres the link:
    http://thehcpunkdemotapesarchives.blogspot.com/
    Have a nice day.Cheers.

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  2. Thanks. I just linked your blog. There's some demos on there i gotta check out. Cheers
    Vin

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  3. thank you so much-

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  4. Hi Stormy...Thx for the link.Pretty much appreciated.Glad to hear you found some interesting stuff on my blog.Should add more soon...Have a nice day.
    JimmY (thehcpunkdemotapesarchivist...)

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  5. So where is your homage to Six Silver Spiders? Doesn't quite fit in with this music genre but deserves a place.

    Jawbreaker...good times.

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  6. Chantell!

    I was actually planning on putting Six Silver Spiders up eventualy. Hope you're doin OK.

    Vin

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  7. Vin,

    Good...SSS deserves a spot. That band brings back lots of good memories. I downloaded the cd you gave me to my mp3 player and listen to it while painting from time to time. The music STILL holds up after all these years.

    I'm fine and hope you're the same.

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  8. Thank for this! I've been looking for "Just what I Needed" for years. Ever since i saw them play in Minneapolis and they played it

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  9. Though I lived in Gainesville from 1990-2000, I'm pretty damn sure I was at that ABC No Rio show that Jawbreaker played in 1992 or 1993. They played Boxcar (before the album was out, right?) and Samiam was in the audience.

    Really glad to find your site, thanks!

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  10. Really sick collection here; it's a shame there wasn't a copy of Good 45 though—that one's going to be tough to find.

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  11. Here's a working link to this collection:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?lrnnmd4zzmk

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  12. thank you so much!!

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